DOODLING in the Investigation Workbook?

As we all know, Investigation Workbooks should function as working documents and support the student’s independent, informed investigation and studio practice.

They provide an opportunity for reflection and discovery and they play a key role in allowing ideas to take shape and grow. One of the ways that ideas might ‘take shape and grow’ is through doodling: there should be a balance between analytical and open-ended discussion, illustrating the student’s creative thinking – but creative thinking itself might be expressed through the doodle?

Doodling need not be a mindless drawing exercise: a year ago (September 2011) a TED presentation featured Sunni Brown proposes that doodling “can be leveraged as a portal through which we move people into higher levels of visual literacy

Doodling is an incredibly powerful tool, and a better definition of doodling is “to make spontaneous marks to help yourself think.”

“Studies show that sketching and doodling improve our comprehension — and our creative thinking. So why do we still feel embarrassed when we’re caught doodling in a meeting? Sunni Brown says: Doodlers, unite! She makes the case for unlocking your brain via pad and pen”. In her book “Gamestorming,” Sunni Brown shows how using art and games can empower serious problem-solving”.

Do your students ever doodle in their workbooks?

Maybe they should!

Link to Visual Literacy & The Value of Doodling by Dana D’Orazio


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